having alot of trouble with toddler and veggies

Melena - posted on 02/25/2010 ( 83 moms have responded )

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Hi,



My 2 year old is very picky with his vegatables, does anyone have any creative ideas for homemade meals to try and get him to eat more of them?

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Patricia - posted on 03/06/2010

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Add chesse. That how I got my son to eat his vegetables. Just add something he likes with them.

Tiffany - posted on 03/03/2010

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I have 3 boys, ages 4, 2 and a new born!! The older two love veggies!! We had a garden last summer where the boys could plant and tend to their food. Now they will eat any veggie, all I have to do is tell them it is/was from their garden!! If you do not have much space you can container garden in the smallest spaces and still get good sized crops.

Jackie - posted on 03/03/2010

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Plant a garden this year. My kids wouldn't eat veggies, but now that we have done a garden they think it is so cool to pick and eat veggies.

Desirae - posted on 03/02/2010

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I am not a veggie fan either... so I incorporate into our meals so none of us have to taste them. I puree things like cauliflower and put in in scrambles eggs...lol Launch the video on this link and hold your patience through the commercial they couldn't help tacking on at the beginning. http://today.msnbc.msn.com/id/30247208/#...

DAWN - posted on 03/02/2010

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I no longer have this problem because... one day I sliced a nice plate of fresh veggies and brought them into the living room, sat in the middle of a blanket and said to my 2 yr old....Let's have a picinic right here! With every bite I said "Yummy!" Before too long she wanted what I had and has been eating them ever since. Carrots are her favorite now:) Try it. It could work for you too! Encorporating play into to most things seems to work well for me.

Sarah - posted on 03/02/2010

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Have you tried the V8 Fusion juice? It has vegetable juice as well as fruit juice and all you taste is the fruit. One glass is valued as1 serving each of fruit and vegetable. My family enjoys all the flavors.

Naomi - posted on 03/02/2010

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Hi, My 4 yr old wont eat anything but vegemite/peanut butter sandwiches, nutrigrain cereal, 2min noddles, hot chips and most junk food. So I know how frustrating this is. I've started making pancakes, muffins or some cakes with vegetables in them so you could try that. If your 2yr old eats meat - mince you could make rissoles. Hope this helps. Good luck!

Margaret - posted on 03/02/2010

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You could try making a veggie soup and then adding flavours/spices/herbs you know your son likes the taste of. Sometimes adding bacon to it can flavour it enough to disguise the veggie taste. If he doesn't like the texture of soup, you can make it fairly thick and then serve it with pasta shapes.

Sherry - posted on 03/01/2010

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My little one used to be very picky with his veggies. I changed from canned to frozen and fresh only and he seems to like those more than canned.

Heather - posted on 03/01/2010

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A trick that I found works for me is that my 3 year old daughter LOVES watching Max & Ruby on Nick Jr. I just tell her that Max & Ruby (who are rabbits) LOVE to eat the veggies that I give her! She loves hers with ranch dressing! Last night, she tried broccoli for the very FIRST time, and I called them "little broccoli trees" & said that they are Max & Ruby's favorite! She tried it, and liked them! I let her eat all she wanted w/ as much ranch as she wanted, and she ate a plate full! Another trick, is to sing the songs from "Yo Gabba Gabba!" They have a song called, "Try It, You'll Like It" and "Party In My Tummy". She LOVES them! It works everytime! :) Hope this may have helped!

Lisa - posted on 03/01/2010

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Hi from working in a nursery we used to blend a whole variety of vegetables and then add these into a gravy or sauce and the kids would tuck into their food as normal without ever knowing they were eating vegetables. It was a great hit with the parents and they often used this idea at home. Give it a try you have nothing to lose. x

Carla - posted on 03/01/2010

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Try shaving carrots into pancakes! works everytime. I spread a little PButter on them and roll them up instead of syrup!

Kelly - posted on 03/01/2010

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First I'll start off by saying that my suggestion does not sound applealing...but, it really is. I make this for my soon to be 2 year old, and even drink it myself. I put some fresh spinach in a blender and add frozen or fresh fruit, along with some orange juice. It's a great way to get some greens, and you don't even taste. My son LOVES it. Hope that helps. :-)

Amy - posted on 03/01/2010

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We had the same problem with our son he ate them for awhile and the all of the sudden stopped. Now that he's 4 the doctor told him he needs to eat 4 bites of something before he says he doesn't want/like something, and it's working!

Sonia - posted on 03/01/2010

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I also have a picky eater, when i make meatloaf (turkey) I add as many veggies as I can to the meat loaf and he has no clue, including bran...I also give him celery with peanut butter and carrots also...hope this helps

Erin - posted on 03/01/2010

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I am having the same problem with my 2 year old. She used to love all sorts of veg but now is beginning to be picky about what she eats. I do the dipping thing, put veggies in grilled cheese and buy V8 splash (diet because the reg one has too much sugar). I also have "candied" carrots and beets. with the carrots just cook raw carrots as normal and when they are a little on the aldente side add a little bit of butter, maple syrup, and brown sugar. Let the mixture heat on med until sticky but do not forget to stir because the sugar will stick and burn. With the beets I use canned beets and add a little butter about a TBS of vinegar and a 1/4 cup sugar and let it reduce. I know the added sugar is not a plus but it helps get a picky kid or picky husband to eat their veggies! Hope I could help

Hendriena - posted on 02/28/2010

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Hi there.....!!! I had similar problems with my child. She did like potato though!! So what I did was: cook up some green beans, or carrots, or pumpkin and put one or two potatoes in with it. When its all done you throw off the water and I get my toddler to mash it with a little bit of butter and some milk. She loves it and cleans her plate every evening!!!

Emma - posted on 02/28/2010

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I have found that my son will eat anything as long as I let him put tomato sauce or cream cheese on it, he just loves to dip things, try giving your child carrot sticks and celery with cream cheese. You can also try a game we played at our dinner table, you go around the table and whomever takes a bite of the vegetable gets a sticker. 'Oh Look! Daddy had a bite of his broccolli' *everyone claps for daddy and he gets to pick a sticker, by the time you get around to the child, they've usually forgotten about how 'yucky' vegetables are and just want a sticker or treat.

AnnMarie - posted on 02/28/2010

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Well I don't have home made suggestions. But you can get dried snap peas and vegetable chips from health food groceries that are basically dehydrated vegetables with some added flavor. My 3 year old twins love the crunch and have no idea how healthy they are being.

Leah - posted on 02/28/2010

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food color & odd shapes....cut the veggies whit mini cookie cutters & a little food dye. we did 'theme nites'....we will read books & look @ the pics & re-create that meal...as my twins got older we incorporated 'foods around the world' and started looking @ what children around the world eat their age....the others are right about sneaking veggies in other things; check recipes online & talk to your pediatrician

Debbie - posted on 02/28/2010

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have you seen the deceptively delicious cookbook now about 9$. it's great for this problem.

Lauren - posted on 02/28/2010

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Jerry Seinfields wife has a cook book all about hiding veggies in delicious meals.

I also give my kids Juice Plus Gummies/chewables that insures they get 9-17 Fruits and Veggies every day. I love them and Juice Plus for adults so much that I started selling them myself too. It is so nice to know that you are getting vital nutrients from all these fruits and veggies everyday with out having to eat 9-17 everyday. Plus my kids seem way more interested in eating veggies and fruit now because of it. I happy to say there is no veggies or fruit they won't eat now. If anyone is interested in Juice Plus email me at : laurenaldinger3@gmail.com. I love it and thank God for it everyday because it gives me peace of mind and keeps us healthy :)

Liz - posted on 02/28/2010

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If you have a food processor, puree some broccoli or spinach & put some into spaghetti sauce, or something similar that he does like to eat. This is the idea behind Seinfeld's wife's book, Deceptively Delicious.

Hillary - posted on 02/28/2010

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Hey, if you toddler likes juice... try V8 splash! Full serving of fruit and veggies!

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My daughter went through phases of what she liked and what she didn't. Don't stress on it too much as they will eat when they need to. Does he eat any meat or fish? One of the best things to do is 'hide' vegies in the things he does like - for instance potato mash, mix in a bit of carrot or whatever and in anything mince (if he eats it) you can put in lots. Introduce him to healthy snacks like spliced carrots, cucumber maybe with a nice dip type of thing like Tzatziki or a cheesy one - whatever. If he loves fruit, give him that. My daughter at his age used to eat olives as if they were candy! Go figure... Good luck.

Kim - posted on 02/28/2010

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My kids are big now all 5 of them but i found that all the Orange veggies and peas, string beans all seem to be a hit because they are sweet ,my kids loved to be able to pick them up and eat them ,if i cut them up they would not touch them all kids love finger food.... ALSO with Carrots try putting alittle sugar free pancake syrup on them also w/ butter nut squash cut into cubes and roasted it was always a hit...good luck

Meredith - posted on 02/28/2010

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My 6 year old has always been a picky eater stemming from sever health issues from infancy through about 3 1/2 years of age. After three years of having to make up two completely different meals every day for every meal, I just threw in the towel. We started making just one meal and similar to another post we did a "you must try at least one bite" but we did this several times with the same vegetable prepared different ways. It may be just that the child doesn't like raw, but will eat it steamed. I personally cannot handle the smell of cooked brussel sprouts, but my son and husband love them. So they are allowed to make it and eat them the nights I have meetings to attend.

Try and see how it goes. The worse that can happen is that the child and your family are exposed to a variety or preparations of food. make it an adventure and it should be more fun.

Karen - posted on 02/28/2010

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I told my kids they had to eat either a green or an orange food at dinner. They could choose which one. I made sure to have lots of fresh and frozen veggies on hand so I could accommodate their choice. (baby carrots, sweet potatoes, broccoli and green beans were the favorites.) That worked well for us. I think giving them a choice, and making vegetables a regular, non-negotiable part of the routine were a big part of what made that strategy successful.

Leslie - posted on 02/28/2010

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You can always try getting V-8 Splash/ Fusion. It's a great way to get veggies and fruits.

Kirsten - posted on 02/28/2010

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I agree with puree or grated veggies snuck into foods, and pasta sauce is great for that, a bit of zuchinni (which has no strong flavour) or carrot. I also found a recipe for zuchinni slice which was really tasty. But for when he's a little older - my son will try ANY food because I told him the (sadly true) story that I never tried pizza until I was 10 because I didn't like the way it looked! Of course, when I tried it I discovered how delicious it was and was horrified that I'd missed out for 10 years! My son has tried everything from oysters to pickled baby octopus, if he doesn't like it fine, but at least he gives it a go :)

Kandi - posted on 02/28/2010

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My 2 year old loves pasta. So I make a tomato sauce that has pureed veggies in it. Try to get organic veggies always.

Jodie - posted on 02/28/2010

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have you tried some like mash with cutted up carrots or just try cutting the veg up really small so u can't see them hope this helps xx

Jayne - posted on 02/28/2010

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we do pureed carrots or squash mixed into the mac'n cheese. minced broccoli, cauliflower, carrots in with the scrambled eggs (egg pie). my 2 1/2 yr old thinks it is a treat!

Shannon - posted on 02/28/2010

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Try alternating a bite of veggie and a bite of something he does like. He'll feel like he has a bit of control over it. Or, do what I do..."Okay, seventeen more bites..." It may be cruel humor, but it's fun for me!!! Toddlers are not rational beings - you never know what they will agree to.

Tracy - posted on 02/28/2010

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I dont have a problem with my kids eating vegetable but I work at a child care center and to get the kids there to eat the vegetable we tell them that the different vegetable are things you find in nature. Like the broccoli are trees, brussell sprouts are bushes,. cauliflower are white bushes or white trees and believe it or not they actually eat them.

Heidi - posted on 02/28/2010

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My son doesn't like eating many different vegetables. I found a great way to get him to eat his favorite food and eat vegetables at the same time. I have found noodles that are made of vegetables and he doesn't know the difference. I actually think they taste better than regular types of pasta.

Jenna - posted on 02/28/2010

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i had the same sam problem as my son is two and a half i found that if i cook home made cottage pie and chopped the vegs up small and cook it in the mince then spread the mash over the top he didnt notice and he even wanted more try that hope it helps x

Clancy - posted on 02/28/2010

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My 3 year old is a great eater of vege's. We have salad a few times a week and he helps me make it. He often eats the vege's whilst we are making the salad. Last night after I peeled the carrot he grab it and ate the entire carrot laughing because he knew he had stolen the carrot. I don't care how much he eats whilst making up the salad - he loves to help.
Another friend of mine puts vegemite on their vege's and her kids love it.

Denise - posted on 02/28/2010

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I've got four kids. I tended not to stress out over the fact that when they started to exercise their minds and say no. It's okay!!! Let them try it and if they say no, it's not a bad thing. Eventually, they will come around.
My second kid ate 1 pound cans of fruit cocktail as a toddler. When he turned three, he would wuss about every food on his plate. We just tried to have fun. I would say something like you need to eat three bites of this and two bites of that...or bet you can't eat all of that...and this was so they could be rewarded with dessert.
At sixteen, he eats almost everything you put in front of him. Never liked corn, but will eat it off the cobb. Go figure.
Unless your toddler has a crap apetite and prefers things like cheerios, graham crackers or gold fish all the time....Relax!! The more you push against each other, the worse the battle. If you feel you must press on, that Seinfeld book is good...

Diane - posted on 02/28/2010

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well i to have a fussy eater but then mt mum showed me (my son dont eat pawpaw )but he eats pinapple so mum gave every one sunday dinner and then gave everyone pawpaw and said it was pinapple my son eat it and said i love pinapple and he is 8 years old so now i just say its some thing elce till he said mum but i think its pawpaw i said yep thats what it is and he still eats paw paw now he eats with his eyes not the tast so once he finds it ok and likes it he works out the name hope this helps i now have 3 kids and i do it with them all and it seems to work

Alexis - posted on 02/28/2010

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My 4 year old used to be so picky with vegetables and goes on binges where he said I do not like something well the way I got him to eat vegetabvles was to ask him to helppick even when he was not talking at 3 years old he pointed. Now he will help choose dinner when I give him choices just like two and let him pick the veggie. We go to gym after school home by 515 so it is crazy dinner made by 545 at latest and done by 615 and getting him ready for next day and bed all by 7. I give him fruit and try to give him healthy snacks so when he helps make his lunch they r pretty healthy

Heather - posted on 02/28/2010

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invite a friend to tea, my daughter is a nightmare but when she eats with other kids if they eat she eats, fruit or fruit juice is just as good, i buy fruit bags and give an egg cup of chocolate sauce for dipping and also milk shake has added vitamins but most importantly dont let meal times become a battle . hope this helps x

Ashleigh - posted on 02/27/2010

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Oh yes I do! I just discovered this a week ago. This is not a meal as such... but if you were going to fit it into a meal, I would call it breakfast.

It is called a green smoothie and tastes amazing.

1) Put half a cup of ice, one banana, 1/4 avocado, 1 portion of frozen spinach (or some fresh spinach, but I find the frozen portions easier). Additional extra's could be some pineapple pieces from a tin, low fat frozen yoghurt, low fat coconut cream/milk.

2) BLEND until it is a liquified. The avo should make it a thick and smooth consistency so just add water to thin it to your preferred consistency.

My four year old has spent the last week asking for one every morning. I just divide it into two drink bottles and we just sip it through a straw on the way to work in the car.... So easy, healthy and yummy during summer - and saves so much time!

Your child will also love drinking green goo! ;)

Good luck
Ash
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Kiran - posted on 02/27/2010

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I had the same problem with my son when he was 2 and a half. I used to half boil all the veggies and mix them with boiled potatoes to make cutlets by adding a little flour. My son loved it and still eats it with delight.

Jade - posted on 02/27/2010

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I love this recipe, my niece loves it and she hates veggies...

Orange Spaghetti:

Ingredients
3 medium carrots
3 tbs Olive Oil
1 red onion
200g Diced Italian Tomatoes (½ can)
1 small clove garlic
Fresh parsley
Grated Tasty Cheese to serve

Method:

1. Wash the carrots well, then peel them into long thin strips (a julienne peeler is perfect for this!).
2. Heat the olive oil in a frying pan on medium-high. Add onion and garlic and allow to soften.
3. Add carrot strips and toss them continually for a minute or until just cooked. Stir in chopped tomatoes and season if desired.
4. Remove the pan from the heat and serve with a sprinkling of tasty cheese and chopped parsley.

I also love this one

Toddler-Telle

Ingredients
400g dried tagliatelle (or fettuccine, penne, risonni or spiral pasta)
1 broccoli
230g (1 ½ cups) Frozen Baby Peas
4 rindless bacon rashes
1 garlic clove
125ml (½ cup) thickened cream
125ml (½ cup) chicken stock
Shredded Parmesan

Method:

1. Cook the pasta in a large pot of boiling water until tender. Add the broccoli and peas in the last 2 minutes of cooking. Drain and return to pot.
2. Meanwhile, cook the bacon in a large frying pan over medium-high heat for 3 minutes or until golden. Add the garlic and cook for 30 seconds or until aromatic.
3. Add the cream and stock and bring to the boil. Simmer for 5 minutes or until thickened slightly. Pour the cream mixture over the pasta and vegetables and toss until well combined.
Top with Parmesan to serve.

Hope these help!

Beth - posted on 02/27/2010

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When my son was a toddler ( he's now 19), I told him that broccoli was the trees the dinosaurs pushed down on his favorite cartoon. I also was able to get him to drink V-8 juice. I cooked soups and used the juice as the broth. He liked potatoes and corn and the V-8 offered more vegetable without him realizing he was eating them. Finely chopped vegetables in meat loaf also worked for me.

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